Lithium batteries have become the preferred energy source to power a wide variety of consumer goods ranging from mobile phones to children’s toys to e-bikes. Though widely used, most people are not aware that lithium batteries are dangerous goods which require special consideration and can pose a safety risk if not prepared and transported in compliance with the transport regulations.
The transport regulations applicable to lithium batteries can be difficult to navigate for companies and individuals who are not familiar with dangerous goods in general. As there are different parties involved in the transport of lithium batteries from manufacturers, technicians and engineers to battery assemblers and consumer electronics retailers, IATA has created these guidelines to assist shippers of lithium batteries and equipment containing lithium batteries in meeting their safety obligations.
The latest edition of the Lithium Battery Shipping Regulations (LBSR) is the 9th edition, and the 2022 changes include:
- The List (188.8.131.52) and List of State Variations (2.3.2) have been revised to include territories that are subject to the jurisdiction of a State where that State has advised of variations to the provisions of these Regulations
- Packing Instructions PI 965 and PI 968 have been revised to remove Section II from these two packing instructions. To provide shippers with time to adapt their logistics processes to ship lithium cells and batteries in accordance with Section IB of Packing Instruction 965 and Packing Instruction 968, as applicable, there is a 3-month transition period until 31 March 2022, during which time shippers may continue to use Section II
- Packing Instructions PI 966 and PI 969 have been revised to clarify the packing options for Section 1, which are:
- The lithium cells or batteries are packed in a UN specification packaging, then placed with the equipment in a strong rigid outer packaging: or
- The cells or batteries are packed with the equipment in a UN specification packaging
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